Ethics Office Series- Hot Topics: Ethics of Decentralized Blockchain Development

Interesting article on the effectiveness of ethical guidelines with emphasis on applicability for the developer community. The concept of a “code of conduct for developers” is introduced with all the pros and cons. The article is questioning who would be the appropriate entity to actually “write” the code of conduct for a “decentralized enterprise”. The author’s skepticism regarding the enforceability of an ethical code of conduct is certainly warranted, however it shold not be a deterrent and instead become a catalyst for further research and development. The article also offers a good potential template developed by the Association for Computer Machinery which could be used as a starting point for further enhancement. It is this author’s vision that a complex global ethics framework could and should be developed which would aim to embed ethics within the DNA structure of our blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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